Deacons and White & Case settle dispute

Deacons has settled the longstanding litigation against White & Case and the firm’s former partners Mark Fairbairn and Edward Cairns just two weeks before the appeal hearing was due to start.

As first revealed on (27 October, 2003), the Hong Kong High Court ruled that White & Case behaved illegally when hiring a rated restructuring team from Deacons.

The court ruled that White & Case encouraged insolvency lawyers Fairbairn and Cairns to breach their partnership contracts and persuade clients to move across with them to White & Case.

However, the judge dismissed Deacons’ claims that White & Case breached a non-solicitation clause relating to merger talks between the two firms in 1999.

In a joint statement the parties said: “Deacons, White & Case, and Mark Fairbairn and Edward Cairns are pleased to announce they have reached a settlement of all the litigation between them. The terms of settlement are confidential.”

“Deacons and White & Case look forward to re-establishing the amicable relationship they previously enjoyed.”